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tv   America Tonight  Al Jazeera  August 24, 2013 12:00am-12:31am EDT

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>> welcome to al jazeera.about i'm john siegenthaler. we have breaking news to tell you about tonight. the governor of california jerry brown has declared a state of emergency in san francisco because of the wildfire raging near yosemite park. jim kyle, you were describing earlier this is about as much about water as it is about electricity. explain why. >> yes, john, the city of san francisco actually owns the hetch-hetchy reservoir which is the primary water supply for the city of san francisco, services about 2.6 million people.
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so enable to facilitate a more rapid intervention, to preserve that infrastructure that serves the water supply, in fact, mayor ed lee of san francisco who requested that a state of emergency be initiated so we could cut through the red tape and have the necessary work crews do what they need to do to preserve the water supply. >> what does that mean actually? what will they have to do to preserve the water supply? >> well, it's -- there's one of electrical aqueduct type infrastructure that is being threatened by the fire. these workers will ensure that whatever needs to be done to preserve an uninterrupted water flow will be done. >> so if the fire were to get to that infrastructure, then it could threaten the water supply, is that it?
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>> yes, it could interrupt it presumably to a significant degree that it -- most citizens of san francisco wouldn't have the water that they need. >> all right, jim kyle who's been on the telephone from san francisco tonight. we just want to tell you once again, the fire in yosemite national park has caused a state of emergency in the city of san francisco as they try to maintain the water supply, and keep the electricity on. we will continue to follow this throughout the evening. i'm john siegenthaler reporting.
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also tonight, 50 years after the march on washington, old warriors and a new generation unite to consider the long path of progress and the road ahead.
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this is the 900-page document we call obamacare. it could change costs, coverage, and pretty much all of healthcare in america. my show sorts this all out. in fact, my staff has read the entire thing. which is probably more than what most members of congress can claim. we'll separate politics from policy, and just prescribe the facts.
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>> caller: the water -- it requires this new warning. >> the pressure tonight continues to build on syria as other nations demand an investigation into suspicions of a chemical weapons attack. you've seen those gruesome pictures that show hundreds of dead men, women and children and they have raised alarm. while other violence have claimed many more lives and many
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more made homeless. the united nations reports that child refugees have reached 1 million and satellite images of the az zaaingstari refugee camp. >> the united nations says over half the syrian refugees in jordan are under the age of 18. after witnessing violence and multiple violence, anger at their situation according to aid agencies at jordan al zaatre refugee cax. causing significant psychological suffering to people. this is merriam, she has family back in syria and doesn't want them to be hurt. >> i'm a girl that used to be happy and now i'm sad because of what happened in syria.
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to me my country was heaven on earth. >> teenagers like maria ufer. >> a two-year-old girl was raped in a nearby town. her parents couldn't deal with it so they slaughtered and buried her. >> these young girls have seen everything from death of family members and friends to the wholesale destruction of their homes and neighborhoods. here, special play areas monitored by coaches have been set up to help children heal. >> aid agencies believe one of the best ways to help children recover from this displacement is vocational training. these hope to give them a safe environment to express their feelings openly. syrian children have also
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witnessed fighting car bombings and heavy arterial bombardments. >> most children here don't feel at home in this harsh camp environment. so the goal of these activities is to make them feel included and give them a say in improving the quality of life here. many syrian children have a strong connection to their homes and towns even at such a young age. >> we see more syrians arriving here every day and the camp population growing i feel there's no way we will return to syria. >> education is available for all ages in the camp but roughly 80% of children in al zaatre are not in school. many consider the camp unsafe so they limit their children's movement especially the girls to protect them from harassment. this has affected the education
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of young women in el zaatri camp. children and teenagers have been charged with new responsibility, including tremendous pressure to care for their families. here most male teenagers have to earn a living and contribute to household income. but there aren't enough jobs for everyone in the camp. that's why depression and hopelessness are becoming widespread among young male refugees with some becoming becoming increasingly aggressive in their behavior. so providing educational training for youth to make their time more useful and skills that they can take back to syria. malik is 18, from the syrian province of dalaha. he says this welding class makes his life here more meaningful. and this is a class for teaching young female refugees how to
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apply makeup. a desired service when there's a wedding at the camp. most of the training courses teach skills that are useful even in camp life. >> we want these kids to go back to syria with some hope for the future because they are going orebuild at the end of the day the country and we want them to engage in activities that will be constructive within their communities back loam. >> there's fear that the war will scar the younger jawtion even if they could return to syria soon they say their dreams and aspirations are crushed because their homes are gone. >> that report comes to us from al jazeera's nasreen el se serna. 50 years after the march on washington. a look back and a look ahead at can you say stocktopussy?
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what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating
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>> the long and often contentious path of america's civil rights will circle back to the nation's capitol this weekend. as the 50th anniversary of martin luther king's i have a dream speech is commemorated by the place it all began. >> no, no we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. >> civil rights legend and today a veteran congressman john lewis was among the leaders on hand for the unveiling of a new commemorative stamp. people have been boarding buses
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to washington from places like new orleans and atlanta. their issues are among the same ones 50 years ago, barriers to education, economic inequality. >> i actually think we were making some strides until trayvon martin's trial. how many of you had an opportunity to see that ? >> the 50th anniversary of the march on washington, it will be a big part of our coverage over the next few days here on america tonight. we'll take a look back at those amazing days and the dramatic events that led up is to the march and we'll get some insider stories on how, dr. king 's, story, delivering birmingham to the world.
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>> without birmingham 1963, the letter from the birmingham jail, it is unlikely that there would have been a march on washington. the letter was a national call to the conscience of america. using the real life, real time reality of birmingham as its template. >> clarence jones will join us next week. he'll tell us how he smuggled out this letter answer his part in the speech. that's it for us. join us at al good night have a great weekend.
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haiti, october 2010, at a hospital in a small, rural town north of the capital. these were the first victims of a horrific, unknown disease in a country still reeling from a devastating earthquake. patients were dying in the space of a few hours. children were especially vulnerable. al jazeera was the first news channel on the scene. in the following days and weeks we tracked the epidemic as it ripped across the country. leaving dozens, then hundreds, and soon thousands of haitians dead in its wake. i'd reported from war zones for years - and from haiti since a


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